Monday, 19 January 2015

starburst grannysquare crochet blanket

 hello to you all - the school holidays are going well and we are super relaxed.  It has been keeping me away from here though .................
Today, I wanted to share what I'm creating with the crochet hook.  If you've been following me, you will know that I did a fair bit of crochet last year and shared some of it here.  I hope to do the same in 2015.
So with a new year, I felt like starting a new project (even if I may have a few on the go already)  I really wanted something 'summery' and bright!
So I dug out a pattern I had printed out some time ago, checked out my stash of yarn and topped up on a few extra colours and away I went ☺

 I'm using some lovely cotton/acrylic yarn in 4ply - Moda Vera Gelato from Spotlight - the colours are super cute!  I'm using this pattern which I got from HERE!
The only change I've made is in the 2nd round - I've done an extra 'yarn over' for the puff stitch - just to make it stand out a little more.  I've kept to one colour for each sunburst and using white to join on. 

 I'm going to have to make a lot of these little circles ☺  It will be good for when i only have small amounts of time - I can quickly whip up a circle!  And it's a great project for taking on my travels which I've already done a few times this Summer.
 I'm using the 'join as you go' method to join each square.  And I've decided to just do a random pattern with the colours - it's kind of nice to not worry about which colour will come next.
I'm just loving how this is coming along......
I'll be sure to share this project as it continues to grow ♥

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

happy girl

 Hello everyone - hope you are having a great start to the new year and getting creative.  This is officially my first scrapbook page for 2015 ☺
I had some photo's of my very cute niece, which I really wanted to scrapbook and record!
 I got a little arty in the background, with texture paste and paint and have also punched out some heart shapes. 
I've picked out colours from her dress and made it nice and bright.
And I've used some fun glittery black sticker letters for the title.
Here are some close-up's:

This was a fun 'just because' page to make and I'm looking forward to making plenty more this year.
Thanks for coming by ♥

Thursday, 1 January 2015

scrap the boys - january challenge

 Hello and happy new year - hope you are having a great first day of 2015.  I love the start of something new ...........................
today I'm jumping right into blogging to share my DT page for the January challenge at Scrap the Boys.
This month, be inspired by this retro style mood board and create a fun page ~~!!
Here's my page for the challenge:

 I found this really cool piece of paper in my stash which became the starting point to my page.  I teamed it up with a black + white photo and found some fun embellishments to jazz up the page.
I used some bits of sparkly blue bling and added some dimensional magic to the word 'hello'
I love how it turned out.
Here are a few close-up's:

Now to introduce our fabulous sponsors for this month.... 

Without our generous sponsors the challenge site would not  exist - please visit their stores and have a little look  - they have amazing products and I am sure there will be something that takes your fancy. 
Faber-Castell Australia are donating 2 Small packs of Gelatos.

Pilot Pen Australia are donating 2 pair of Westcott 9" scissors

We have also a lovely Embellishment prize pack donated by Raquel Bowman from her stash!  Please visit Raquel's blog and be inspired by her amazing creations.

We hope to see you joining in with this first challenge for 2015.
Pop over to the blog to see more Design Team work and be inspired ...... ♥

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

another new design team ...........................

Hello, just popping in to share some more scrappy news - I'm excited to announce that I'll be joining the Creative Team for Scrappy Canary.  I cannot wait to create with their beautiful monthly kits.

You can see the Creative Team reveal on the blog!

Monday, 22 December 2014

New design team ..........................

Hello - just popping in to share some 'scrappy' news.
I'm excited to say that I'll be on the Design Team for Scrap the Boys  starting January 2015.

Yay for that - it will be fun to be scrappin' all about my boys and share my inspiration along the way.
So stay tuned for our first challenge for 2015 ☺

Friday, 19 December 2014


 Hello - it's officially the start of Summer school holidays - yay for that.  I love the relaxed feel of no particular routine ....................... 
I won't have too much more to share before the end of the year, but I did want to pop in and show you the latest weaving I've made!!
I ♥♥♥ it!!

 If you follow me on instagram you would have seen some progress pictures and also the hand loom that we made.  The loom was about the size of A3 - so it has made a decent size weave.  I had no set pattern in mind.  I just picked out some colours that I loved and was inspired by instagram accounts that share their weaving ..............
I even managed to source some wool roving from a local farm in Western Australia.

 Here are a few close-up's:

I'm sure this won't be my last piece of weaving art.  I hope to do some more in the New Year.  It's a great way to use up my yarn stash!!

Thanks for coming by ♥

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

choc brownie

Hello, hope your week is going well.  It's been a little while since I last shared a recipe.  So I have one here, my last recipe post for the year ☺
My boys love chocolate and I love to make them chocolate treats.
 This here is a chocolate brownie slice that has been adapted from a recipe I had in one of my files - I've changed up the ingredients and added in a few extra too ..............
I do this one in my Thermomix but you could easily adapt to suit ☺
 Chocolate Brownie

100 - 150gr butter
1/2 cup rapadura
4 eggs
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
100 - 150gr dark choc **
5 medjool dates

Place all ingredients in Thermomix or processor and blend together til just combined.  I don't over do it, as I like chocolate chunks in the cake; but if you wish, you could make a smooth batter.

Pour into a lined rectangle tin and bake for approx 20 mins - don't over cook as you want the cake to be moist.

 It's lovely eaten warm with cream and strawberries, but easily keeps for a few days in the fridge.
For a variation you could add: 2-3 tblsp of espresso - yummy ☺
I hope you give it a try - this cake is gluten free and refined sugar free.
* I use a 70% cocoa chocolate bar but if you like a sweeter cake, choose the chocolate of your choice ☺

Happy baking ♥